Whether it be a Staycation or a Vacation; personally speaking I thinks its critical to spend time, bonding, maintaining unity and creating memories with my family. It seems like just yesterday, but I can vividly reminisce leaving Brooklyn as a young girl (me my mother and my siblings) to visit our family down South. The memories and the pictures we have of those trips are priceless, however I do believe we may have been some of the first to take a Staycation, before Staycationing became a “thing.” I inherited this wonderful tradition, and would later take my children on a summer vacation every year…and although my children are grown and have children and livelihoods of their own, we still make it a priority to block out time from our hectic lives, to kick back and enjoy one another’s company away from the distractions of our everyday lives, this time allows us to pause and realize the value and the appreciation we have for one another…all the fun, laughter and experiences are all simply benefits. So as I stated earlier whether it be a Staycation or a Vacation…do what works for you…just remember to breathe…enjoy life and one another.
Enjoy the pics from “Our Week In Palm Beach Florida 2017”
“Someone’s first Family Vacation.”
Dressed and ready to go!
I get a window seat too!
One of our amazing views.
A little game of catch on Riviera Beach
She just may be an Aquaholic…never gets enough of the water…that or a mermaid.
Pool Shenanigans with my Girls
Young Green Coconut
Lazy River @ Rapids Water Park in Riviera Beach
Chillin’ Cabana Style
Seas The Day!
Shopping just seems to finds me!
Papa can we…
Hanging out at City Place
Scootin’ about SOBE
Time out to celebrate my son’s 31st Birthday
The Birthday Boy
Something about orange!
My two favorite guys
This is what it looks like when you buy out the Theater! Ha,Ha,Ha,Ha, Ha
There’s a certain cliché that one must travel far and away to experience the mind and body rejuvenation of an award-winning spa. In reality…there’s probably one within driving distance of you that’ll do the job just as well.
This past weekend my Husband and I spent an amazing weekend celebrating our anniversary at Chateau Elan; a Winery, European-Style Spa and Golf Resort in Braselton Georgia; an hour away from Atlanta and just a little over two hours from our home. Ideal for the Golf Enthusiast, Wine Connoisseur and Spa Lover, this gem…nestled inside a French Provincial inspired mansion, shares grounds with three meticulously sprawling golf courses, contoured fairways, breathtaking lakes and two winding streams. It’s were European Luxury meets Southern Hospitality.
The Inn @ Chateau Elan
Champagne and Roses…always a nice welcome.
I believe someone else likes the view from the suite also.
Exploring the Vineyards
Already thinking about returning in August to stomp the grapes.
One of many Lounges In the Spa Guest Suites
A little tea and meditation at the Fleur de Lis
Time for Tasting
The notes…excite my senses.
An Explosion of Flavor on my pallet…A muscadine wine with a clean and clear essence of peach nectar
If you follow my blog regularly you should know by now that I’m a fan of the unstructured top…the free flowing movement of the fluid silhouette is as comfortable as it gets, and can be worn dressed up or down with anything from skirts, to trousers, to jeans. There’s something sexy in wearing an unstructured top…I kinda get that same cozy feel as being snuggled in one of my husbands shirts.
I’m Karen. Welcome to my Fashion-Lifestyle-Beauty Blog… A Blogazine of sorts. Let me take a moment to enlighten you on how the idea for my blog came about. Like most women of a certain age, in the months approaching my Fiftieth Birthday, I did a lot of self reflecting. In a society that promotes anti-aging as if aging is some type of plague verses an honor, I asked myself what exactly does a woman of fifty years look like…what does it mean to be middle-aged and how do I present the best version of me to the universe.
I recalled my Mother at fifty and her Mother in her fifties, and though time had been generous to them, I realized there were many factors that differed between their fifty and mines, and although fifty isn’t what it use to be, according to my vision and the way in which my body has succumb to gravity, it’s definitely not the new thirty either.
After a short period of angst associated with such a milestone, I realized that every decennial of my life had served a unique purpose that now defines the woman I am today; just as it had when I was forty…just as it had when I was thirty…and even in my twenties. Middle age means exactly that (I’ve been blessed to live half of a century), yet my journey has been and will continue to be exclusive to me, and because it can’t be generalized my Fifty looks and feels just like me, and without further ado that is exactly how I present myself.
My analogy for me and Fifty is like a relationship in sync…I no longer needed to figure out how to settle into Fifty…Fifty had settled into me and I must say, we compliment one another quite well. I attribute much of this to a conscious decision to make a daily effort to maintain my good health and make positive affirmations a must at the start of everyday, along with my “Serenity Prayer,” all of which envelopes me with positive energy.
I believe style in every aspect of our lives is a personal expression and a reflection of who we are at any given time, and as women we are ever-changing.
In my fifties I have no desire to express the girl I was in my twenties or the young woman I was at thirty, however some days I feel sexy and may wear a sheer blouse and a pair of fitted jeans, or I may even feel a bit provocative on another day and don a bustier, whatever the case may be, because I embrace my grace I’m able to express each of these fashionalities and many more with a level of confidence, class and sophistication…in other words STYLE!
Being in my fifties is nothing less than awesome. I can attest as a flawed species we are not meant to live a perfect life but a whole life, and though I will always be a work in progress, I can feel my journey coming full circle as I experience gratitude unlocking a fullness within me. I am present for every experience and every lesson…taking nothing for granted. I’m so excited about life I simply want to LIVE OUT LOUD!
And so there you have it. Thank you for joining me. I hope those of you in the blogosphere with a passion for fashion no matter what your age will somehow find my Blog enlightening.